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Leading In Complexity: Landing a Max 9

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 15, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on leading in complexity the image shows a plane landing

Leading in complexity is paramount. In turbulent times, it’s crucial to remain steady. Nothing illustrates that better than the recent incident with the Max 9s, where part of the airplane malfunctioned mid-flight. I used this scenario recently with a client, who was struggling with a major reorg they were overseeing. They expressed how hard it…

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The Most Underrated Leadership Tool

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 28, 2024 |

In the realm of leadership, there’s a powerful yet underrated tool that often goes overlooked: the breath. Recently, while listening to a podcast featuring Jennifer Garvey Berger, she made a profound statement: “Breath is the most underrated leadership tool in the world.” This struck a chord with me because it’s true – the breath serves…

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What Would It Take To Ask For Help?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 19, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on asking for help, the image shows a woman in a lake with a sign saying Help

How do you feel about asking for help? “It takes a village to run your life,” my Mom used to joke. To be honest, this made me feel a little awkward and uncomfortable, as though there was something wrong with me that I needed help, whether it was an au-pair to help with my kids…

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Keeping Self-Care Alive

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 13, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on self-care, the image shows a woman sitting by a window with a warm cup of tea or coffee in her hands.

How do you make time for self-care when your to-do list overflowing? I don’t have any wisdom to offer you on how to manage your to-do lists but I do have one thing to share that I believe is very important in times of increased stress and overwhelm. It’s okay to cut back on your…

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Work Relationships: Being Proactive

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 30, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on work relationships, the image shows a woman sitting at a desk with her head in her hands.

Work relationships are something that as a leader or team member you always need to be working on. Recently, I was talking with a client who described a problem he had with one team member because he would never know how upset she was until she would lose it. We talked about how he can…

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How Big Is Your Plate?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 22, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | How big is your plate

Burnout is common around the holidays but I think it is so much pronounced this year due to the pandemic. I originally shared this video with my newsletter subscribers but I wanted to share it here, too. We all know the saying, “my plate is overflowing”, which we use to describe how overwhelmed we feel…

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